Last week at Mobile ID World Internet of Things security was in the headlines along with the latest on the spread of biometric mobile wallets around the globe. Two-factor authentication was a topic of interest too, while we examined the latest mobile devices to sport fingerprint and iris biometric scanners.
Here’s a look at last week’s top stories in mobile identity management:
Voice Biometrics, Iris Biometrics
Last week we saw Amazon’s efforts in opening up its Alexa AI platform pay off with the announcement that the voice-based assistant now has over one thousand ‘skills.’ Iris biometrics made the news too as we took a look at the latest entry in Fujitsu’s Arrows line of mobile devices: the Arrows Tab F-04H tablet witch features iris scanning courtesy of Delta ID.
Apple and ID
Apple had identity-centric headlines last week, winning the approval of 45 new patents, some of which involve Touch ID components. The Cupertino company’s Apple Pay mobile wallet, which recently launched in Singapore, sparked conversations in the country revolving around the initiative to promote cashless payments. Stay posted to Mobile ID World today as we report on the identity-centric news coming out of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Lux Research issued a new report last week stating that, if mobile payments providers aim to stay competitive, they will need to embrace multimodal biometrics. Much in line with the firm’s declaration, last week the non-biometric mobile payment solution CurrentC announced it will be exiting its beta test this month at which point associated accounts will be disabled.
On the other hand, Samsung Pay, which leveraged fingerprint biometrics for convenient transaction authentication scored MasterCard support through US Bank. Samsung’s mobile wallet is slated to launch in Australia later this week.
In the wake of the massive batch of compromised Twitter credentials, users are being encouraged to enable two-factor authentication on their social media accounts. In other second factor news, Yubico was at the Cloud Identity Summit promoting its FIDO Certified multi-factor U2F solutions.
Smartphones With Fingerprint Sensors
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced major smartphone integrations last week—its FPC1145 is featured as a side-mounted sensor on the new Aquos Zeta SH-04H and the Aquos Xx3 handsets from Sharp. IDEX made the news with a smartphone launch too, its Cardinal Q sensor having been built into LG’s new Stylus 2 Plus.
Safran Identity & Security has been actively working with the GSMA on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity standards. Central to these efforts is the company’s eSIM solution, which has connected car applications and was given the spotlight at last week’s TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 auto show.
Standards and Specifications
Speaking of standards, Safran was at the Mobile Connect Summit last week promoting its solutions including its FIDO Certified facial recognition authentication solution. Speaking of Mobile Connect, GlobalSign signed on with the GSMA as a member of the Mobile Connect Accelerator (MCX) program. Finally, W3C published the first public working draft of its online authentication specification, opening the standards to comment and, ideally, improvement.
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